And the healthy eats just keep coming!

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And I’m loving every last bite of them. For as much as I love sharing over the top indulgent recipes, in real life, this is the kind of food I love and crave the most. Fruits, veggies and I are bestest of friends, which is clearly why I am having so much fun with all these Healthy January recipes. This Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad has got to be one of my favorite ways to serve up broccoli. I’m a huge fan of broccoli roasted with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s simple and it’s the best. This salad though…

It takes broccoli to a whole new level with flavors like lemon, garlic, pomegranate and feta. It’s got texture, color and literally bursts in your mouth with flavor – love it!

When I was thinking up recipes for this month, I steered clear of a lot of the typical salads because really, who needs yet another boring iceberg lettuce salad. I mean, right?

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

When I think of salads I always think of them as a bowl full of veggies, maybe some grains, and most definitely some cheese. All about the cheese…obviously.

Rarely do I ever make a salad with iceberg lettuce and clearly today’s recipe is no exception. I love the idea of broccoli replacing the lettuce in a salad, and it is hearty and oh so delicious when roasted. In this salad I added pine nuts and garlic to the broccoli before roasting so that the garlic would get a nice caramelization and the pine nuts would get all toasty. After roasting I added a little lemony/balsamic dressing along with some fresh baby kale and pomegranate arils. The dressing is key here. It adds fresh flavor and keeps the salad from being boring and dry. The pomegranates are the burst of flavor I hinted on earlier. I absolutely love pomegranate arils in my salads. The burst of sweet flavor with every bite is SO good and their red hue complements this very green salad so well! 🙂

I finished off the salad with a sprinkle of salty feta cheese and sliced avocado. At the moment my family is obsessed with both of these ingredients, but avocado especially.

FUN/RANDOM FACT: Over the holidays I swear we must have gone through practically one hundred avocados. Ok, maybe not that many, but close. With of all the people at my parent’s house, plenty of avocados were being consumed. But the biggest consumer was my brother Red, who is on a HUGE avocado toast kick. I kid you not, he has been eating at least one, sometimes two, avocados a day. There were a few days that I literally made him avocado toast for breakfast, lunch and before-dinner snacks. He’s really into them so I figure I better keep serving him healthy food while he’s willing to eat it!

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

This is the perfect salad to eat as a light meal, afternoon snack, side dish, or make it heartier by serving it with grilled chicken or fish. You could even add in some carbs like whole grain pasta, quinoa or brown rice. Either way, the salad is going to be great and hopefully become your new favorite.

No more boring lunch salads, this January is all about the Broccoli Salad!

Sidenote: how are you guys liking the Healthy January recipes? Are they getting you excited to cook up some healthy eats? I’ve been looking over many of the suggestions for recipes you’ve given me. You will be seeing some of them later this month, but let me know if there’s anything you’re still craving. Maybe a winter comfort food you’d like to see healthified?

Happy Thursday guys! We are so close to the first Friday of the year, are you all excited? I totally am. Bring on the weekend…

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 2 as a main course
Calories Per Serving: 511 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 3 heads broccoli florets and stems roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parley
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 cups baby kale
  • arils from 1 pomegranate
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • On a large baking sheet, toss together the broccoli, pine nuts, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and a large pinch of both salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the broccoli is just beginning to char. Remove from the oven and stir in the parsley.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic, and crushed red pepper flakes. Taste and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the roasted broccoli. Add the baby kale and pomegranate arils. Gently toss to combine. Transfer the salad to a bowl and top with feta and sliced avocado. Eat!

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And plenty of bowls of this broccoli salad! Please and thank you. 🙂

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  1. 5 stars
    Just made this and it’s super YUM! I added smoked salmon for a little protein treat. Oh and jalapenos and purple cabbage just because they were looking a little wilty in my fridge! This salad is jam-packed with flavor; best way ever to eat my broccoli! Thanks for making my Friday 10X better!

    1. Hey Jenna,
      Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  2. From the look of the recioes I know I’m off to a healthy March n with these healthy diet changes my family n I will be “Marching” to the beat of a nutritious drummer!

      1. Hey Peg,
        Yes, that would be just fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. HI! You can use additional broccoli or baby spinach. Either will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  3. 4 stars
    looks delicious and i am going to make this for tonight as a side-dish for pizza but can i use baby spinach instead of kale? thank you

    1. HI there! Spinach will work great! Love that idea! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  4. We tried this salad recipe tonight. It was incredible! The only change I made was I used almonds instead of pine nuts. It was absolutely incredible and all the flavors combined so nicely.

  5. This looks incredible and I could certainly use some more greens in my diet after the holidays ? looking forward to making this during the week!

  6. 5 stars
    Love ypur recipes. About the Kale. Do we just toss the fresh kale? Ir do we hace to do anythibg to it?

    1. You just toss the kale with the salad, no need to do anything to it. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan

  7. 4 stars
    Hi! I just made this and realized I never used the garlic that I sat out as one of my ingredients… I don’t see a spot in the recipe instructions for when to use it. Could you please let me know if I missed something? Thanks.

    1. Hey Meghan, the garlic is added with the olive oil. It’s listed within the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  8. Hi, Can’t wait to make this recipe, looks so tasty. Could this be all prepped the day before and just add the dressing before serving?

    1. YEs! That works great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  9. I’ve just discovered your blog and love it. This salad was delicious! Quick and easy, waem and comforting, with flavours that really pop. It’s not letting me rate the recipe, but it’s 5 star for sure.

  10. 4 stars
    I made this for a man who only eats broccoli and he LOVED it! It was an impressive dish and super easy. Keep em’ coming!

  11. 5 stars
    I bought the cookbook at Anthropologie and have not been able to put it down. We have tried at least 5 of the recipes over the past two weeks and each is better than the last. My new go-to for recipes.

    Seriously so good! I’m always trying to get my family to try new combinations and experiment with food they thought they disliked. Huge hit on Christmas Eve at our house. Definitely will be making again.

  12. Can’t wait to try this one looks delicious. I would love your take on chicken noodle soup in the instant pot. I know it sounds basic but I’m betting you would come up with something flavorful

  13. 5 stars
    I loved the flavors of this salad! The only change I would make is to roast the pine nuts for two minutes until golden brown. I tried to roast them together with the broccoli for 20-25 minutes but they were smoking up my kitchen so I had to take them out of the oven.

  14. Thank you for this beautiful website!! I just discovered you Sunday and I’ve already made two of your recipes. I am using an app to track my meals, it has a good number of your recipes, but not all. Is there a way I can get the nutritional info? Many thanks!

    1. Hi Stephanie! I am so glad you are enjoying my recipes!! Unfortunately I do not like to provide nutritional info for my recipes. So sorry. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again!

  15. According to a scientific studies, olive oils favor a greater absorption of the beneficial compounds of the vegetables. The extra virgin olive oil is always the best choice for the dishes. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Either would be great, but I personally like it hot. Let me know if you have questions and I hope you love this!

  16. Made this yesterday and really enjoyed it! I used dried cranberries instead of pomegranate and it was excellent. Good at room temp the next day, which is always a challenge I have with veggie dishes. Thank you for the recipe!

  17. Made this tonight and it was fantastic! Great balance of flavors 🙂 Love broccoli so this was a nice recipe to spice it up

  18. This was delicious. My husband doesn’t even like broccoli but he absolutely loved this!
    I love that your dishes are always delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and relatively healthy and easy to prepare! Keep up the amazing work and always looking forward to what you have in store for us!

  19. Made this recipe tonight and my girlfriend and I both LOVED it! It is so flavorful and filling. We omitted parsley (didn’t have any) and swapped pine nuts for toasted almond slivers. Also added a balsamic marinated chicken breast to make it more of an entrée. Super easy to make after a crazy work day. ??????

  20. I love salads and am slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve never tried a broccoli salad (hangs head in shame). This might be the recipe I’ve been waiting for! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  21. Can’t even begin to say how awesome this looks!! In love! Except I am allergic to tree nuts so I’m thinking of roasting some pumpkin seeds with the broccoli instead? Also, I love the idea of adding a long grain wild rice or whole wheat bow tie pasta, or maybe quinoa?

    1. I think pumpkin seeds would be amazing! Great idea! 🙂 Quinoa, rice or pasta would all be awesome!

  22. That looks awesome! I will have to try it!! I really love the healthy recipes, but I think your idea about comfort food made healthy would be awesome. It is sooo coooooold where I live right now, and the thought of eating lighter fish and veggie bowls (which to me are awesome in the spring and summer!) just makes me shiver even more! I would love to see healthy recipes that are heartier and warm you up!

    1. Ah yay, so happy to hear you like the ideas of healthy recipes! SO happy your liking this and everything else! Thanks Laura!

  23. I LOVE seeing the healthy recipes from HBH, it’s such an inspiration! Keep ’em comin’, girl!

  24. And you know what they say: healthy doesn’t have to be boring, and neither do salads! I would love to see more of these recipes on your blog!

  25. This is the salad I didn’t know I was dreaming of. It contains ALL of my ideal salad ingredients. You really knocked it out of the park on this one.

  26. This looks soooooo so good. I eat roasted broccoli on the regular so I can’t wait to try this salad!

    Do you have any healthified creamy pasta dishes coming up this month? I’d love to see a mac n’ cheese or alfredo… but maybe one that doesn’t use cauliflower or cashews as seems to be the trend 😀 😛

    1. Hmm, I don’t have plans for one, but let me try to think something up. I love the idea! Thank you! 🙂

  27. I think I will make this for dinner tonight! Looks delicious!!
    I would love to see a healthier version of your chicken and zuchinni casserole – or maybe a suggestion on how to make it less carby or dairy free with still similar flavors? It is one of my most favorite things I have ever eaten so I would love to be able to eat it more often without feeling like I’m consuming ridiculous amounts of calories!!! 🙂

  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE this salad! Such a nice switch up to the usual salad! And yes to more healthy recipes PLEASE!

  29. Yes, PLEASE keep the healthy recipes coming! Would also love some make-ahead lunches and breakfast ideas for the kiddos (lunches that don’t have to be heated). Your recipes and photos are simply the BEST!!

  30. I honestly love broccoli salad so this is right up my alley! I can’t think of a yummier way to eat some veggies!

  31. when do the pine nuts get added to the oven? i wasn’t sure to add them for the full roasting time or partial way through…don’t want to end up with burnt pine nuts.

    definitely making this as i have quite a bit of broccoli leftover & we LOVE it roasted!

    thanks for all the healthy recipes…definitely needed this time of year!!!

    happy new year tieghan!

    1. Hi Lisa! Sos sorry about that, they go in with the broccoli. Recipe has been fixed. Thank you! 🙂

  32. This looks amazing! Loving your healthy January recipes. I’ve bookmarked almost all of them 🙂 I would love to see something with butternut squash since it’s the BEST right now!

  33. Made your Mean Green Detox Veggie soup and LOVED it!! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for making January taste so good!

  34. I almost have all of the ingredients… I’m definitely trying this one. I’m obsessed with roasted broccoli as well! And I LOVE your healthy January recipes! 😀

  35. This looks SO amazing! Need to whip this up for dinner 🙂 same problem with avocados.. and never stopping

  36. This looks so simple and perfect! I will be making it with some farro and maybe some grilled shrimp for dinner this week!

    I’m looking for more smoothie recipes that contain very little sugar.

  37. If all veggies looked like this, I think I’d be eating WAY more of them. I’m constantly struggling with adding more veggies to my meals – this one looks like one heck of a tasty way to make sure I’m getting my veggies in! Adding it to my list for next week 🙂

  38. This broccoli salad looks amazing and I plan to try it! Curious about your avocado toast — what do you put on it — anything other than avocado? I’ve tried it with sprouts and sliced tomatoes and it was very good.

    1. Hey Donna! I also do a different combo, but for my brother I have just been doing whole grain toast, avocado, flaky sea salt and lemon. I get crazy with my combos and add sprouts, feta cheese, all kinds of things!

  39. Another amazing healthy recipe from you! Love them as much as I love the rest of the recipes you make. However, if you add pomegranate and feta cheese to a salad – then it’s definitely a winner for me! 🙂

  40. After all the naughty-ness I ate this Christmas – just looking at this makes my insides feel a little healthier and happier. Looks and sounds absolutely divine!

  41. Any reason to eat more broccoli is a good thing! It is so good for you! This sounds delicious. I also LOVE your soups! Soup is such the perfect meal especially in the Winter months. More soup recipes would be awesome! Thank you Tieghan!

  42. Need to eat this salad and many more salads for the new year but it’s a snow day for me and I have the ingredients for a big pot of soup. Need to go to the store for the salad ingredients.

    1. Awh, sorry to hear that Ruth! Maybe try this with brussel sprouts instead of broccoli! I hope this helps!

  43. This is my favorite recipe you’ve made this January! All of my favorite things in a bowl and simple to make-delish!

    Maybe some healthy breakfast recipes to throw in the mix? Omelets or some sort of egg scramble? Healthy afternoon snacks? Thanks for being open to all of these suggestions-can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    1. Breakfast ideas sound stellar! We eat lots of eggs. Want to get our own chickens. Advice anyone? Wow and it does sounds like you went through lots of advocados!!!!!

    2. I am so glad you like this one, Mollie! Thank you so much! & I will definitely take those into consideration!!

  44. i always have broccoli on hand, so this sounds perfect for the days when i want something more interesting than just broccoli sauteed in garlic!

  45. This looks amazing, and definitely agree with you – this is exactly the kind of thing I love in a salad! Loving the Healthy January recipes and looking forward to seeing the rest of them!